Defoe to pick up where he left off
The start of a new season usually has the eternal optimists from both Tottenham and Liverpool saying 'this is our season' but both sides have been unusually quiet and perhaps odds of 11/5 about a draw will satisfy both demanding sets of fans.
The 'will anyone break in to the top four' question has seen the focus taken off Spurs and on to Man City so Harry Redknapp will be delighted that his side can go about their business quietly and they are 11/5 to get off to a flying start with victory against 13/10 Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez knows his side is good enough to challenge Man Utd and Chelsea and he may well have learned his lessons from last season and think twice before engaging in futile mind games with other managers.
The Reds start the season with their two star players fit and raring to go, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres could tear any defence apart and many a punter will be keen to get on the 9/2 about Torres scoring first with Gerrard available at 6/1 in the betting
Redknapp managed to mastermind victory over Liverpool last season at White Hart Lane and the hero from last time Roman Pavlyuchenko is 8/1 to repeat his heroics by grabbing the last goal.
He may well have to settle for a bit role in the game as Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch are all available at 7/1 to net first and it looks like it will be these three of a combination of these three that will start.
It would be most fitting if Keane could come back to haunt his old club with a goal but after his heroics for England, Defoe looks hungry and sharp and 2/1 about him scoring anytime looks a decent shout.
An inviting looking 7/1 is available about the same 2-1 score line in favour of Spurs occurring again with the favourite being 11/2 for 1-0 Liverpool.
After last season's horrendous start to the season, Spurs fans will be delighted if defeat is avoided and 0-0 at 17/2 or 11/2 for 1-1 will be popular results as Liverpool will be desperate also to avoid opening day defeat and this could mean the sides cancel each other out.
In anticipation of a cagey start, a wager on the second half being the highest scoring half at 11/10 looks a fair bet with the first half available at 2/1 with both sides last season being notorious for snatching late goals, and along the same train of thought, the half time draw at even money looks a good call.
With both sides having made few signings it is almost a case of picking up from where they both left off last season with Crouch and young Kyle Naughton Spurs' only notable signing and the injured Alberto Aquilani and Glen Johnson Liverpool's.
Redknapp managed to make Spurs more solid at the back last season and they will do well to keep out Torres and Gerrard all game but they do look like they will offer plenty going forward with Luka Modric coming in to his own and four strikers more than capable of scoring.
The verdict is a score draw, as the odds suggest 1-1 is the most likely score line at 11/2 and as mentioned before Defoe looks in the mood to be a menace and could well get on the score sheet.
Correct score 1-1 - 11/2
Jermain Defoe to score anytime - 2/1